I'm newly into my 40's and live in the midwest. I have a wonderful family, great friends, and a beautiful husband! I was introduced to ATCs in 2006 and have been addicted ever since. I love everything about them - the creating, the trading, the new friends I've made because of them - they have enriched my life!

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Photos of Mel's Art & ATCs (9)

  • IMG_5636 Mel docenting by vintagepix
  • studio shot 2 by vivienne_strauss
  • Solder! - December 7, 2010 by vintagepix
  • Apple balancing by Kollage Kid
  • Art'N'Oddities! August 21, 2010 by vintagepix
  • dolls and collages by some of my favorite artists by vivienne_strauss
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  • IMG_6433 Mel experiments in the holgaesque by vintagepix
  • IMG_6434 Mel and the disposable camera by vintagepix

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    ~ Sandy ~ says:

    "Mel is such a lovable, talented artist! I don't know where to start! Mel always has something nice to say. She is so kind, warm, generous and cheerful - a true friend, I believe. Her work is unique and inspiring, I love her ideas! Mel, you make so many people happy!"

    November 7th, 2008

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    grubby mittz art co says:

    "My friend MellyMel is a tremendously talented and soulful artist. I am not only intrigued and impressed with her artwork, her spirit of kindness simply humbles me. It's been such a pleasure to meet someone as genuine and creative as Melly and I will treasure her friendship always. Pinky Promise, even. :D"

    February 20th, 2008

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    mercurialmagpie says:

    "Mel is one of my favorite neat people here on Flickr. We have done many trades of our ATCs and every time, I am surprised and pleased by her quality of work and also all the little extras she includes with our trades. She always has something nice to say about others' art and even though she may live in a chilly place, she definitely has a warm heart!"

    January 13th, 2008

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    fishpainter/senol says:

    ""MEL" is a wonderful artist..wıth a usıng materıals,colors and esspecıally dıfferent figürs..and ı musn,t forget that her orderly life..!!.. :)
    we,re lowe your artworks "mel"..stay like this.."

    October 4th, 2007

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    Pulga Zine says:

    "Trading with Mel is a rich experience, not only for her beautiful, creative and upbeat cards, but for the great oportunity to share ideas. She is a great trading pal!"

    July 11th, 2007

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    ~mccall~ says:

    "Mel is a very talented collage artist. I have had the pleasure to trade ATCs with her once. The photo of the atc she sent to me was wonderful, but to actually hold it and see it up close amazed me. Her attention to detail and the quality of her work is outstanding. I am so happy to have met here her on Flickr!"

    May 24th, 2007

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    Willow Tree says:

    "Mel is an ATC Queen! She has so many original ideas! I don't comment on many but I go to another land when I view them all! She is a blessed person to make so many fabulous ATC's. I can almost see her relaxing when she makes them. As if she herself has left us all behind to play in her world! Wonderful imagination!"

    May 22nd, 2007

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    Coffeelatte says:

    "I think Mel's ATCs are great, and Mel is too! I received some coffee themed cards from Mel in one of my very first on-line trades. The minute I opened the package I felt like I'd met a kindred soul. I appreciate her support so much...and while we do have a mutual admiration society, if you check her photo stream you'll see a talented and insightful artist at work.

    I hope someday to meet Mel and trade face-to-face. I bet I'll like her just as much in person (if not more!) Here's to another creative caffiene fanatic!"

    March 8th, 2007

Mel Kolstad
December 2006
Green Bay, WI
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